Alex Cross (2012) Poster



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Matthew Fox went through a strict diet and workout routine to gain muscle and lose a high amount of body fat.
There are references in the novel "Cross" to both Morgan Freeman and Tyler Perry. The reference to Freeman may be homage to his role as Alex Cross in Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001).
In the Alex Cross novels, Alex's best friend and partner is John Sampson. However, in the movie, Alex's best friend and partner is Tommy Kane.
In the Alex Cross novels, Cross and his family are life long residents of Washington D.C. However, for this movie, Cross and his family live in Detroit.
Idris Elba had originally been considered to take over as Alex Cross from Morgan Freeman. Idris had previously starred in Tyler Perry's film Daddy's Little Girls (2007).
The Villa is in Bali, Indonesia. When Alex says "Terima kasih banyak, Chief" towards the end of the movie he is saying "Thank you very much, Chief" in Indonesian language.
The screenplay was originally based on the James Patterson novel CROSS. For marketing purposes, the film title was changed to that of another Patterson novel, "I, Alex Cross". The screenplay, however, is a very loose adaptation, based on CROSS; similarities between book and screenplay are few.
Director Rob Cohen usually hires composer Randy Edelman to write the music scores to his films. However their last collaboration The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) also has some additional music composed by John Debney, who went on to score Alex Cross for Cohen. It is unusual that the director hired the composer of the additional music from his previous film to be the main composer of his next film.
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Barbara Cashulin:  Director Rob Cohen's wife is the restaurant hostess who shows Maria to her table.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to the novel, the murderer's real name is Michael Sullivan aka "the Butcher". In the movie, he is nicknamed "Picasso" and leaves sketches at the crime scenes.
The villa in Bali that Mercier has retired to after faking his death is owned by director Rob Cohen.
According to the novel, it was not Sullivan but his friend and partner Jimmy "Hats" Galati who killed Alex Cross' wife Maria. Near the end of the novel, John Sampson (Cross' best friend and partner) reveals that years ago, a couple of months after Maria's death, he and detective Rakeem Powell received information that Jimmy was the murderer. Since they did not have concrete evidence to prove Jimmy's guilt, they searched for him several weeks, and finally found and killed him. Sampson could not bring himself to tell that to Cross back then, because he knew that Cross would be unable to deal with that.

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